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Adjusting statin dosage could help save lives

 

November 9, 2010 2:39:49 PM PST
A new study suggests that even greater health benefits can be achieved if higher doses of statins are prescribed.

The report in the Lancet medical journal finds that the more aggressive therapy could cut heart attacks and deaths by 13 percent.

Statins cut levels of so-called bad LDL cholesterol, lessening the risk of heart attacks and stokes in high-risk patients.

Researchers are even saying those with apparently low LDL cholesterol could benefit.

But experts are also warning that a bigger dose of statins could also produce many more cases of side effects.


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